He won prizes for poetry in Cambridge and later. Although he was proficient in Welsh and assumed the pen-name, ‘ Shon Pentyrch ’, he seems to have written in English only. He was a good oarsman and swimmer and in 1855 won the Royal Humane Society medal for rescuing a friend from drowning in the River Cam . He was familiar with the mountains of Snowdonia as a follower of the Ynysfor hounds and in 1857 went on a tour in the Alps with J.F. Hardy . On 13 Aug. , accompanied by William and St. John Mathews , E.S. Kennedy , Hardy and five guides, he climbed the Finsteraarhorn (4,274 m.), the highest peak in Bern Oberland . The mountain had been scaled earlier, possibly as early as 1812 , but this first British climb motivated William Mathews and Kennedy to establish an Alpine Club . Williams-Ellis did not join the Club and there is no mention of him visiting the Alps again but the family still has his alpenstock.
On 2 Jan. 1877 he m. Ellen Mabel Greaves . They had 6 sons: Sir Clough Williams-Ellis , the architect ( 1883 - 1978 ), was the 4th. He d. 27 May 1913 and was buried in a glade near Glasfryn .
Dr Ioan Bowen Rees, (1929-99), Bangor
Published date: 2001